On the first day of URJCmun the Human Rights Council the Delegations jumped right into action on their first session. Only 32 of the 39 Delegations were present today and ‘The protection and promotion of LGBT+ rights’ was the first topic to come to the discussion table.
As de Delegates of each country took the floor, their positions on this pressing matter were quite fixated from the beginning.
On the one hand we had the ‘western influenced’ countries- such as the Germany, Finland, Australia, Canada, Brazil, France just to name a few - positioned in favour of the protection and promotion of LGBT+ rights, which for some countries like the US means achieving full coverage by the law on matters like marriage, adoption, non-discrimination. For the United Kingdom this includes the need to change the educational systems established nowadays to make them more inclusive towards the members of the LGBT+ community.
On the other hand we had countries such as Iran, India or Egypt whose position on the matter was quite the opposite. Iraq addressed the members of the LGBT+ community as ‘mentally ill people’ and said that the only solution for this matter ‘was to pray and take pity on them’. Saudi Arabia’s intervention started as a critic to the westerned media because they were to blame for spreading the ‘focus on gay issues’ and even getting say that ‘it was a problem that needed to be got rid of’. This interventions was widely applauded by some of the delegates.
The Russian Delegate’s intervention was the most shocking after stating that ‘Russia would not stop at anything when ensuring Human Rights’. Is this new take on the LGBT+ issue on part of the Russians going to stick?
When the motions for three different kinds of Caucasus were brought up all of them fail and after Israel’s proposal for continuing with the discussion of the topic tomorrow was approved by a wide majority of the Council the first session of the Human Rights Council for the 2018 URJCmun ended on a lukewarm note.